senate Bill S7102

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Relates to first responders and rehabilitation facilities carrying opioid antagonist drugs; and making an appropriation therefor

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Apr 28, 2014 referred to finance

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S7102 - Bill Details

Current Committee:
Law Section:
Appropriations
Laws Affected:
Amd §3000-a, Pub Health L

S7102 - Bill Texts

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Allows first responders to carry, and rehabilitation facilities to dispense, opioid antagonist drugs; makes an appropriation therefor.

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BILL NUMBER:S7102

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to
first responders carrying opioid antagonist drugs; and making an appro-
priation therefor

PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To provide funding for all first
responders to have naloxone in their possession, and allow rehabili-
tation facilities to make the drug available to the families of in-pa-
tients discharged from their care.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends section 3000-a of the
public health law by adding a new subdivision 3 to make to allow that
any individual who meets the requirements in section 2002 relating to
lifesaving care, to carry an opioid antagonist, such as Naloxone. It
also allows rehabilitation facilities to dispense such drugs to family
members and friends an in-patient upon discharge.

Section 2 allocates $500,000 to the Department of Health to implement
this policy immediately.

Section 3 is the effective date of the bill.

JUSTIFICATION: Naloxone hydrochloride, commonly referred to as Naloxone,
is an "opioid antagonist," used to stop the effects of opioids in the
system. For users who are in the throes of a heroin overdose, Naloxone
inhibits the effects of the drug, providing critical minutes to get the
victim to an emergency room. While all heroin users are at risk for an
overdose every time they use the drug, those who have received in-pa-
tient treatment at rehabilitation facilities are the most vulnerable.
Heroin addiction builds up a tolerance to the drug in the course of
continued use. When continued use stops, as it does with a patient
admitted an in-patient facility, that tolerance quickly diminishes. If,
upon release, a user attempts to use the same amount of heroin they had
tolerated prior to admission, they are in severe danger of a fatal over-
dose.

This legislation provides funding for all first responders to carry
Naloxone kits. It also provides for the dispensing of Naloxone to family
and friends of individuals who have been discharged from rehabilitation
facilities, to ensure the drug is available to those most likely to be
in the closest proximity to the patient, should they attempt to use
again.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill - 2014

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: $500,000

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  7102

                            I N  S E N A T E

                             April 28, 2014
                               ___________

Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, BRESLIN, DILAN, HOYLMAN, KENNEDY, KRUEG-
  ER,  PARKER,  PERKINS, SQUADRON -- read twice and ordered printed, and
  when printed to be committed to the Committee on Finance

AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to  first  responders
  carrying opioid antagonist drugs; and making an appropriation therefor

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Section 3000-a of the  public  health  law  is  amended  by
adding a new subdivision 3 to read as follows:
  3.  ANY  INDIVIDUAL  WHO MEETS THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS ESTABLISHED BY
REGULATIONS PURSUANT TO SECTION THREE THOUSAND TWO OF THIS  ARTICLE  AND
WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ADMINISTRATION OF INITIAL LIFESAVING CARE OF SICK
AND  INJURED PERSONS MAY CARRY OPIOID ANTAGONIST DRUGS, SUCH AS NALOXONE
HYDROCHLORIDE.  IN ADDITION, REHABILITATION FACILITIES MAY DISPENSE SUCH
OPIOID ANTAGONIST DRUGS WHEN DISCHARGING AN INPATIENT TO SUCH PATIENT, A
FAMILY MEMBER OF, CAREGIVER FOR, OR TO AN INDIVIDUAL WHO SHARES A  DOMI-
CILE WITH SUCH DISCHARGED INPATIENT.
  S  2.  The  sum of five hundred thousand dollars ($500,000) or so much
thereof as may be necessary, is hereby appropriated to the department of
health out of any moneys in the state treasury in the general fund,  not
otherwise  appropriated, and made immediately available, for the purpose
of carrying out the provisions of this act. Such moneys shall be payable
on the audit and warrant of the comptroller  on  vouchers  certified  or
approved by the commissioner of health in the manner prescribed by law.
  S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.




 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14126-06-4

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